In the middle of August, I spent roughly four hours hiking through Colorado’s scenic Staunton State Park, a wonderful green space just outside Denver that has somehow stayed off the tourist radar. This probably goes without saying – regular readers of my blog know how obsessed I am with my camera! – but I’m always on the lookout for awesome spots to photograph and I certainly found one at Staunton State Park.
To put it mildly, the weather was a tad on the wild side during my visit, and while the rain only decided to fall once Kevin and I reached the park’s scenic overlook after 5.4 miles of hiking, the dramatic clouds and shadows made for an afternoon of me rarely turning my camera off. Sometimes, it’s simply too hard for me to narrow down what photographs I’d like to use for my full-length article – I typically include ten to thirteen photos per article – so I decide to add an additional photo gallery.
Also, my fingers are crossed that my photos inspire more people to visit this amazing park. Hiking is, for me, a solitary activity, and it’s hard to enjoy natural beauty when you have to fight over a parking space, pass dozens of people on an over-capacity trail, and tune out the loud music someone inexplicably decides to blast from a stereo in their backpack. Staunton State Park is so off the beaten path we didn’t have to contend with any of these annoyances, a rarity it seems on a summer Saturday in the Denver area.
Look closely at the photo below. A creature is blending in quite well with its surroundings:
Check out my full-length piece on Staunton State Park here!